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BBC NEWS September 11, one year on


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Syria’s young President Bashir al-Assad condemned the 11 September attacks, but not attacks on Israelis, and Syria remained on the list of “states sponsoring terrorism”.

However, the US State Department accepted that Syria had “not been implicated directly in an act of terrorism since 1986”. Washington also said that Syria had co-operated with the United States and other governments in investigating al-Qaeda.

Syria has traditionally opposed Islamist groups operating within the country and has brutally repressed them in the past. But it has supported those engaged against Israel, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon. Syria’s relationship with the United States therefore remains uneasy.


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